Caller… You Are On The Air – 2020

wvlt_logo-2  February 11, 2020

At 7pm on Tuesday, February 11th, it was time to turn off the TV and turn on that trusty old radio.  (Or, for the nerds among us… grab a streaming app and listen on the computer or smart phone.)  But no matter how you did it, the goal was the same… tune into “The Racing Line” on WVLT 92.1FM out of Vineland, NJ!

After six weeks of working with the station, our very active member Graham Gill’s fantastic idea was finally reality.  The entire hour long show that night featured the DVC!  Yep!  An entire hour of air time featuring our club, its history, and all things MG.

The first half of the show featured Hank and Tommy Rippert.  They discussed the club, how it started, their cars, and many side stories.  In the second half, Dick Suffredini and Jim Sanders took over.  They discussed more about the racing history of MGs (Jim races his MG with Tommy and Dick frequently helping in the pit).  They also talked more about the history, side stories, and they pushed the upcoming club events.

What a fantastic and unique way for us to kick off the golden anniversary of our club!  Thank you, Graham, for putting this together!  And thanks to Hank, Tom, Dick, and Jim for representing us so well!  And, of course, thanks to WVLT and the show’s hosts, Bill Vansuskil, Geofrrey Hall, and David Back for having us on!

What?  You missed the show?  No worries!  You can check it out below!

— Lew Phillips

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Annual Planning Meeting – 2019

November 10, 2019

Thirty DVCers made their way to the Cawthorne Estate to make plans for 2020 – our 50th year as a club.  After the usual preliminary chit chat and hugs, we settled down for our annual business discussion and planning of fun for the new year.  

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lew Phillips who started things off by displaying a beautiful custom, hand crafted, mahogany box with walnut trim to house our unique gavel and block.  The box was made to honor our 50th anniversary.

All meeting minutes (general and board) will be presented in the ‘members’ section of the website.  (So, members should head over there to get the details and ‘member’ stuff.)  In the meantime… here are some highlights from the meeting itself…

  • While many clubs and organizations are hurting badly for money, we are fortunate enough to be able to hold our annual dues at $20/yr.
  • Membership dues are currently due and need to be paid before 1/1/2020 to stay current.
  • We have a new regalia store set up!  Members can now get tons of different items with our logo screen printed or embroidered.  Links are on the website.
  • Speaking of the website… In honor of the 50th, the site will be heading into the garage over the winter for an upgrade.  (Suggestions are encouraged.)
  • A new set of Guidelines and Job Descriptions was unveiled and are available on the website in the ‘Members’ area.

With the heavier business stuff out of the way, we headed on to the more fun part of the meeting… planning for the 50th.  Here are some of the highlights…

  • A 50th anniversary version of the logo is in the works.  (It is now done and at the top of this article.)
  • The theme this coming year will be ‘Driving’… “Driving into the next 50 years!”  We plan to have a lot of driving events and several overnighters.
  • Three key events are already planned…
    • Anniversary Party – March 7, 2020 at the Red Horse Motor Club in Pottstown, PA
    • Our Car Show – August 1, 2020 at Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, PA
    • Holiday Party – December 5, 2020 at the Bay Pony Inn in Lederach, PA
  • We are planning on kicking all of our events up a notch.  We would greatly appreciate RSVPs to the events (and let us know if you aren’t coming, too) so that our hosts can properly plan.  With a lot of driving events, we need RSVPs so that we don’t leave you behind!  We will be putting up sign-up sheets on the website for everyone’s convenience.
  • We then brainstormed and came up with a lot of great events for 2020!  They will soon be posted on the website.  It looks like it will be a terrific year with a lot to do.

Finally done with the annual ‘business and planning stuff’, the gang feasted on a variety of hoagies and other goodies.  And of course… more chit chat before people started to head back home.

The DVC thanks Pat and Patty for their hospitality and thanks the members who came out to share ideas and volunteer to run events.  Participation and creativity is what keeps the club strong and growing… into the next 50 years!

Meeting adjourned… Let the fun resume!

— Lew Phillips

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The Great Pumpkin Tour – 2019

Web_201910_Pumpkin_20191026-200715 October 26, 2019

Cool, crisp eather and fall foliage made for perfect MG top-down driving.  About a dozen MGs and their occupants, along with a few daily drivers met at the Suffredini home for the DVC Pumpkin Tour.

Three small groups of four to five cars each started out on a planned, back-roads tour of middle Bucks County.  With a few stops along the way, it seems that the Pumpkin Tour turned out to be an Ice Cream Tour.

Thank goodness for GPS when we happened onto an unexpected detour.  (Dick swears it was open earlier.)  Only one MG mishap, but you’ll have to wait for the Anniversary Party “O-wards” to get the details.

With the cars returning back at Suffredini’s, the usual DVC party began.  The food that DVCers bring to a party is always outstanding… and this time was no exception.  Sandy, with her recent foot surgery, had plenty of help in the kitchen from the DVC ladies.  For some odd reason, the guys seemed to gravitate to Dick’s MG garage and mancave. 

As darkness fell, leave had to be blown off of a few MGs before departing for home.  Here’s to seeing everyone during the DVC’s 50th Anniversary Year celebrations!

Those attending were… Adam & Eva Ilnicki (MGTD), Warren & Nancy Dorner (MGB), Tom & Jaimee Rippert (MGA), Pat & Patty Cawthorne (MGA), Graham & Susan Gill (MGTD), Jim & Diane Sanders (MGA), Louise Story (MGB), Peter & Nancy Yaskowski (MGA), Jeff & Robin Rose (MGBGT V8), Brian Gumpert (MGB), Dave Sarley (MGTC), Dick & Sandy Suffredini (MGA), Greg & Janice Lake, Lew & Cora Phillips.

— Dick Suffredini


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Radnor Hunt – 2019

Web_201909_Radnor_20190907-051433 September 7, 2019

The Radnor Hunt Club Cars and Coffee, sponsored by RDS Automotive Group, had the following members representing the DVC: Dave and Erin Alderfer, Brian Gumpert (photographer), Curtis Yocum, Dick & Sandy Sufferdini, Warren & Nancy Doerner, Louise Story & guest John Petraglia.  Since this event was almost canceled by the Concours, RDS Automotive stepped in the last minute to save it.  This had an effect on the parking arrangements for our MG’s, so we each had to find our own parking space.  With the due diligence of Dick, Sandy, Warren, and Nancy, we found each other and grouped at the send-off point for the Concours Rally – which by that time was just about completed.  Louise’s son and his friend participated in the Rally in a 2008 Lotus.

Curtis, Dick, and Sandy headed off in a different direction and we caravanned to Chanticleer.  It was a perfect day for a picnic and it appeared we were ahead of the crowd. Brian took pictures to document the walk through the gardens as the specimen trees and plants were joyfully showing us their lush end of summer growth.

By 2:30 P.M. we had packed up our stuff and headed for home … weary, yes, but inspired by the beautiful surroundings filling us with peaceful serenity.

— Louise Story


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15th Annual Car Show – 2019

 August 3, 2019

Web_201908_Car_Show_20190803-023056 The past fourteen Pennypacker Mills Car Show have had their ups and downs in regards to weather and the size of car fields.  For the 15th edition, one would have to say it was more up.  Yes, it was bit warmer and humid than perhaps preferred but the fine day did help bring in one of the largest entries totals that have come in the past number of years with 85 examples of British motorcars and motorcycles.

Some of the more unusual entries included a 1973 Land Rover driven in by Richard Williamson.  He included documentation of the vehicle on a trek in Africa.  A 1954 Sunbeam Talbot brought in by Joe McConlowe of Harrisburg, PA turned some heads along with a beautiful 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith owned by Steven Sokoloft of Ardmore, PA.

After a couple of hours of taking in all the cars and what Pennypacker Mills had to offer in their “Good Old Summertime” day, the voting was finished. Bill Boorse did an excellent job handing out the door prizes and the award ceremony and the cars headed back to their homes.

Our friends at British Marque Car Club News once again bestowed on us the honor of selecting a recipient for their coveted “British Marque Favourite Award”. We sent out two of our top judges (thanks, Tom & Dick!) to find a car that is truly loved, driven, and enjoyed by its owner. This year, the award goes to a pretty cream and black 1961 Austin Healy 3000 owned by Ben and Cyndi Nolan.

Ben and Cyndi have owned the car for roughly 30 years, buying it to celebrate their 20th anniversary. While it was used from time to time over the years, it recently rose to the top of their list and underwent restoration. Glad to have it back out on the road in all of its glory, our lovely couple took it out for its inaugural spin through the picturesque roads of Lancaster County. As they crossed one of the area’s covered bridges they sensed something strange had happened – seems they lost the exhaust system! A noisy ride home and reattachment, and she was good as new again.

Soon after that incident, they were found themselves on their way from New Jersey to Iowa for the NAMGAR National Meet – this time in their MGA. While out in Iowa, they heard an unfamiliar sound. It seems that MGA had heard of the exhaust system incident and wanted to do them one better – the fan blade had broken and embedded itself in their radiator! Not to be deterred, some fellow British car enthusiasts came to their aid. Quick work was made of the blown-out radiator and they were soon back on the road.

It only takes a few minutes talking with Ben and Cyndi to see that they obviously love owning and using this sweet Healy. Congratulations! May you have many more years behind the wheel.

One thing that has remained consistent throughout the years has been the speed and efficiency of the set-up and takedown of the show field. For that, great thanks go to all who helped.  Of course, the reward of a party at “Sally World” at the end of the day is certainly a big incentive to quickly wrap things up.

2019 Car Show Winners:

Class I – Austin Healey 100-4, 100-6, 3000, Jensen Healey
               First – Ben and Cyndi Nolan Elmer, NJ 1961 Austin Healey 3000 #176

Class II – Austin Healey Sprite
               First – John Kruczek Schnecksville, PA 1966 Sprite #161

Class III – Triumph TR2, TR3, TR3A, TR4, TR4 IRS
               First – Bob and Tina Krivenko Mt. Holly Springs, PA 1957 TR3 #126

Class IV – Triumph TR250, TR6, TR7, TR8
               First – Robert Ruby Schwenksville, PA 1971 TR6 #154
               Second – Kevin and Olga Kelly Absecon, NJ 1968 TR250 #145

Class V – Triumph Spitfire, GT6, Stag
               First – Michael McGowan Nazareth, PA 1974 Spitfire #178

Class VI – Jaguar Pre-war Roadsters, XK120, XK 140, XK150
               No Entries

Class VII – Jaguar XKE Roadsters, Coupes, XJS
               First – Kevin Fitzgerald Green Lane, PA 1969 E-type #158

Class VIII – Jaguar Sedans, Rolls Royce, Bentleys (Vintage & Modern)
               First – Tony Lam Green Lane, PA 1962 Jaguar Mark II #151

Class IX – Mini Classic & Modern
               No Entries

Class X – MG Pre 1956 Roadster, Sedan, Magnette & Variant
               First – Lee Ahren Reading, PA 1937 TA #144
               Second – Tony Rizzello Milford, NJ 1955 TF

Class XI – MGA Roadster, Coupe, Twin Cam, Magnette & Variant
               First  – Herb Todd Audubon, PA 1959 Roadster #115
               Second – Bill Boorse Perkiomanville, PA 1957 Coupe #179

Class XII – Chrome Bumper MGB, MGC & MGBV8 Tourer, GT & Modified
               First – Gloria Ciarrocci Lancaster, PA 1970 MGB #138
               Second – Bill Goble Ottsville, PA 1967 MGB #109
               Third – Bruce Swanson Fleetwood, PA 1974 BGT #143

Class XIII – Rubber Bumper MGB, MGC & MGBV8, Tourer, GT & Modified
               First – Tom Boorse North Wales, PA 1980 MGB #105
               Second – Stacey Curry Landenberg, PA 1979 MGB #147
               Third – James Schulte Harleysville, PA 1974.5 BGT #107

Class XIV – MG Midget Chrome & Rubber Bumper & Modified
               First – Rich Persico Philadelphia, PA 1966 Midget

Class XV – Morgan & Daimler
               No Entries

Class XVI – Miscellaneous British Roadsters & Racers
               First – Lori Noyes Brownstown, PA 1965 Sunbeam Tiger #163

Class XVII – Miscellaneous British Coupes, Sedans, Saloons & Utility Vehicles
               First – Joe McConlowe Harrisburg, PA 1954 Sunbeam-Talbot #134
               Second- Michael Stein Langhorne, PA 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante #137
               Third- Steven Sokoloff Ardmore, PA 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith #164

Class XVIII – British Bikes
               First – Don Kuterbach Collegeville, PA 1971 Triumph Bonneville #184

Best Attending Club – Philadelphia MG

Diamond in the Rough – Martin Camoran Abington, PA 1970 MGB #175

Ladies’ Choice – Kevin Fitzgerald Green Lane, PA 1969 E-type #158

Best in Show – Lee Ahrens, Reading, PA;   1937 MG TA #148

British Marque Favourite Award – Ben and Cyndi Nolan Elmer, NJ 1961 Austin Healey 3000 #176

— Paul Phillips & Lew Phillips


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